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Scouts is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. It’s where young people make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills
In the Sandstone Scout Group we change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. Everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Regardless of your child’s physical ability – there’s a Scout adventure out there waiting for them. And we’ll help them find it.

Application to Join

We currently have Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Sections and do our best to provide places for all young people wishing to join.

We accept new members at the start of the school year in September and after the Spring Half-Term.

Unfortunately, however, we only have places for about 12 new members each 6 months. Most places in Cubs and Scouts are taken by young members moving up from the younger sections so we often only have places for young people wishing to join Beavers when they are 6.

We accept applications for your people once they are 3. Irrespective of age all young people applying to join are placed on our waiting list. On 1 December and 1 June we calculate how many vacancies we will have at the following 1 March and 1 September respectively and we then invite young people of the appropriate age to enrol to fill those vacancies.

  • Beavers (age 6 – 7) – Young people can join our waiting list as soon as they are 3, and we will then invite them to join at the start of the school year or the spring half term following their 6th birthday.
  • Cubs (age 8 – 9) – All vacancies in our two Cub Packs (which meet on Mondays and Tuesdays from 18:00 – 19:15) are usually taken by Beavers moving up to Cubs on reaching their 8th birthday. We do sometimes have occasional vacancies and these are allocated to young people on our waiting list.
  • Scouts (age 10 – 13) – We currently have two Scout Troops which meet on Mondays and Tuesdays from 19:30 to 21:00. All vacancies in our the Scout Troops are usually taken by Cubs moving up to Scouts on reaching their 10th birthday. We do sometimes have occasional vacancies and these are allocated to young people on our waiting list.
  • Explorers (age 14 – 17) – Our affiliated Wildfire Explorer Scout Unit meets on Wednesday evenings from 19:30 to 21:00 and provides an opportunity for young people to join us as Beavers at age 6 and continue scouting through to becoming adult Leaders when they reach 18. There are usually vacancies for young people to join direct once they are 14.

Please also note that, in order for our volunteer Leaders to process applications, the deadline for applications to join in September is 1 June, and the deadline to join at the spring half term is 1 December.

If you would like your son or daughter to join please complete the short form below. We will then acknowledge your application and place them on our waiting list. If you’d like to discuss anything please call us on 0330 330 9689 or contact us.

Before filling in the form, though, please pause for a moment and download and read the introduction to the section for which you are applying for a place.  You will then know what you are applying for and whether it will suit you and your son or daughter. Click on the appropriate section here:

Use this form if you wish to apply for a place when one becomes available. Do NOT use this form if you have been allocated a place and have been invited to enrol – in that case follow the link in the email inviting you to enrol which will take you to the enrolment form.


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  • The Scout Group relies on adult volunteers and cannot operate without them. In applying for your child to join you must agree to join a Parent Helper rota to help at least once per term. If you volunteer to become a uniformed Leader in the Scout, Cub or Beaver sections your child will be given priority for a place.
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Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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